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Report: Flaw in drug trials may work against women

A new study finds that women are prescribed more medications than men, but are less likely than men to use those medications as prescribed, according to a Washington Post report.

Authors of the study suggest that situation might point to an inherent flaw in the way drugs are tested in the first place. Men tend to be over-represented in early-stage drug trials, so development of medications might not take adequate account of the different way that women’s bodies absorb and metabolize drugs.

As a result, more women than men may stop taking medications after they experience negative side effects or don’t get the results they expect.

See the report here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-checkup/post/women-prescribed-more-drugs-than-men-but-dont-always-take-them-research-shows/2010/12/20/gIQAJm5hNS_blog.html